Chelsea opportunities could be forthcoming for Scotland starlet Billy Gilmour in the coming weeks.
The teenager has enjoyed a rise to prominence at Stamford Bridge this season, recently seeing himself promoted to the Blues first-team dressing room. It was another vote of confidence from manager Frank Lampard.
Opportunities to build on his experience may be heading his way according to Lampard. After Italian midfielder Jorginho’s two-game suspension kicks in, the Chelsea manager may look to Gilmour as an alternative.
He told the Evening Standard: “Yeah [Jorginho’s suspension will cause problems], but we’ll work round it. We’ll have to. We have players who can do it. Mateo Kovacic finished in the holding role, Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour…
“That will be the solution and it might open opportunities for other players.”
Outside Scotland chance?
Steve Clarke has said previously that Gilmour isn’t quite as close to Scotland’s senior team as some think. That was last year though and Gilmour’s clearly in the thoughts of Lampard.
If Gilmour does get a run of Chelsea games prior to Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off match with Israel this month, does it give Clarke a headache in terms of whether to select the promising prospect for at least one huge game?
It would be a big call but the Chelsea youngster is clearly doing all the right things down south. Brilliant on the ball with a keen eye for a pass, the teenager certainly would be a creative option in midfield for Scotland.
But whether former Chelsea coach Clarke opts for the Gilmour remains to be seen. Lampard seems to be contemplating fielding him in upcoming Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Everton.